The Politics of Cosmopolitanism: Nam June Paik, Mega-Events and the Spectacle of Media Art
Department: Center for Critical Korean StudiesDate and Time: January 24, 2019 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Event Location: HG 1010
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Mega sports events like the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup are the largest-in-scale global media events, which have a dramatic character and engender popular appeal and mass participation. In the age of live television broadcasting, the 1988 Seoul Olympics was seen as an opportunity to establish political legitimacy (democratization), to reconfigure Korea’s global standing (the end of the Cold War), and to lead the nation to expedite economic prosperity (industrialization) by disseminating the media spectacle of the ‘new’ Korea. In the centre of articulating of both a form of Korean national identity and the cosmopolitan visuality over the period of the Seoul Olympics lay Nam June Paik’s artworks,
Jaeho Kang is Associate Professor in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication at Seoul National University. He was Senior Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies at SOAS, University of London (2012-2018), Assistant Professor in Sociology of Media at the New School in New York City (2005-2012), and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institut für Sozialforschung of the University of Frankfurt (2004-2005). He completed his PhD in social and critical theory at the University of Cambridge in 2004. Kang is the author of Walter Benjamin and the Media: The Spectacle of Modernity (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014). His work focuses on critical and social theory of media with particular reference to the intersections of digital screen, media spectacle, and urban space. He is currently co-editing Siegfried Kracauer’s various writings on media and propaganda for publication with Columbia University Press.